This once-in-a-lifetime special takes place inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome a devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith and a raggedy patchwork coat — vividly described in the well-known song of the film’s title — that helped make Parton who she is today. Set in the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains in 1955, this poignant and uplifting family-friendly story follows the incidents in Dolly and her family’s life around the time she was nine years old.
Dolly Parton is synonymous with two things: GREAT singing and GREAT entertainment. Her newest movie special brings viewers both. I couldn’t have been more thrilled to watch it. My Dad was one of her biggest fans and never missed a chance to see her on t.v. I know he would’ve adore this one as well.
Most of us know the famous side of Dolly Parton. From her beautiful outfits to having her own Theme Park, she is definitely Country Music elite. However, we forget her humble beginnings and the tremendous, loving family that surrounded her. Jennifer Nettles & Ricky Schroder are fabulous in their role as her parents. As the lead singer of Sugarland, we know Jennifer Nettles can sing which she incorporates as Dolly’s loving mom. Ricky Schroder is spot-on as her tough but tender Daddy.
I don’t know who cast the role of a young ‘Dolly’, but that young lady is a star. Spunky and genuine, she is completely believable in her part. What a darling! In fact, all the children who play the roles of Dolly’s 7 siblings are terrific. They make you wish you had known the family personally.
As for the movie itself, it is an amazing, inspirational telling of heartbreak & redemption. Unapologetically real, the Parton family shows the power of faith in God, the love of family, and the healing that comes from forgiveness. I’m not ashamed to admit that I was brought to tears on several occasions as the family was devastated by tragedy. We watched as a family and our thirteen year old was as drawn into their story as the adults.
‘Coat of Many Colors’ has appeal to audiences of all ages. Absolutely family friendly, it is all the things we all wish movies had more of nowadays. If you come from a large family or from humble beginnings, too, you need to watch it. I’d also recommend it for small Church groups who will love the strong, Christ-centered, Church scenes. With Mother’s Day approaching, it’s the perfect thing to have on t.v. after having dinner with mom.
Wonderfully done, I give it a 5 star rating or 2 thumbs up ala Siskel & Ebert!
*We received the aforementioned DVD in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.